The Managing Director of Crown Prince Academy (CPA), Mrs Susanne Prince-Boateng, has called for the overhauling of the educational system to make more room for the youth to effectively use digital facilities.
“I am of the opinion that the whole educational system from the basic to the tertiary needs a complete overhaul in order for our youth to be part of the global digital economy,” she said, adding that under the initiative, there should be more room for creativity, innovation and skills acquisition.
For instance, she said a recent study by the Ghana Employers’ Association had indicated that “majority of people in Ghana who are looking for work lack basic information and technology (IT), numeracy, listening and time management skills which make them unemployable”.
Mrs Prince-Boateng said this at the CPA’s 14th graduation ceremony during which 77 students who wrote this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) were presented with certificates. This brings to 1,223 the total number of students who have graduated from the school since 2004.
Students who excelled in the various subjects during the mock examinations were presented with prizes.
Mrs Prince-Boateng called for a fine balance between technology and science education, and liberal arts, as well as between theory and practice.
“We at the Crown Prince Academy have tried to go beyond the BECE and enhanced our school life or curriculum with financial literacy, wildlife club, leadership training, industrial visits, excursion, code club among others. At the beginning of the next academic year, the CPA will try to integrate entrepreneurial skills as one of our new initiative,” she said.
She said the management of CPA would also work hard to maintain an excellent workforce through continuous training and strategic recruitment, saying the school would make concerted efforts to improve and upscale its existing facilities.
A lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the Ashesi University College, Dr Sena A. Agyepong, urged the students to start developing entrepreneurship programme early so that they could learn from their mistakes.
“You can make it if you start early to learn from your mistakes so that you can stabilise early and make that difference very early in life,” she said.
She said those who wanted to be entrepreneurs should be focused, high achievers, unlock their potential, stand by what they believed in and should be optimistic.
The acting Headmistress of CPA, Mrs Belief N. Amponi-Kagson, noted that the school’s vision to be a leading institution that forstered creativity, innovation and individuality remained constant and focused.
To that end, she said the authorities had doubled their efforts in three main areas; recruitment of highly qualified and dedicated academic staff, restructuring of teaching timetable and subject specialisation from nursery to primary three and strict enforcement of its policies, supervision and monitoring.